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Former Durango Man Sentenced for Using Donations for Drugs and Sex

Former Durango Man Sentenced for Using Donations for Drugs and Sex

A former Dubuque County man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for using donations to his charity to buy drugs and pay for sex. The Associated Press reports 52-year-old Christopher H. Simms, formerly of Durango, was sentenced Monday for charges of ongoing criminal conduct. According to court records, Simms solicited money

Helen A. (Diers) Herrick – formerly of Independence

Independence – Helen A. (Diers) Herrick, 83, formerly of Independence, Iowa, and resident of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa, died February 9, 2015 at Stonehill.   Helen was born October 28, 1931 at Colesburg, Iowa, to William and Rose (Pottebaum) Diers. She graduated from Colesburg High School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Cedar Rapids,

Carolyn E. (Peak) Stadtmueller – Monticello

Carolyn E. (Peak) Stadtmueller, 70, of Monticello passed away Monday, February 9, 2015, at her home.   Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Monticello

Margaret Ryan – Columbia, Missouri

Funeral Mass for 86-year old Margaret Ryan of Columbia, Missouri will be held Friday at 10:30 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan. Visitation will be held Friday from 9 to 10:30 am at the church. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetary in Ryan. Survivors of Margaret Ryan include two sisters, Mary Arnold

Register for St. Mary’s Early Childhood Program

Pre-registration for St. Mary’s Early Childhood program for the 2015-2016 year is currently underway. The program is offered to preschool, junior kindergarten and kindergarten-age children. The St. Mary’s Board of Education has waived the tuition for the preschool program for the upcoming year. Contact the school at 927.3689 if you have any questions.

North Fayette Student Facing Charges for Distributing Obscene Material

At least one North Fayette student faces charges for distributing obscene material. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says the school district discovered that a student sent obscene materials to another student. Authorities have not provided any further details on the nature of the material that was sent. The student who received the materials then distributed

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MREP Center Begins Project Lead the Way Course

The first-ever Project Lead the Way course is underway at the Manchester Regional Education Partnership Center. Project Lead the Way is a curriculum developed to expose students to STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Project Lead the Way courses offer students a more dynamic learning environment, allowing students to create, test and


Error Discovered with Delaware County Emergency Management Position

Possible changes to Delaware County’s Emergency Management program are being discussed after an error was recently discovered. Mike Ryan was hired by the County Board of Supervisors to serve as the full-time Emergency Management Coordinator. Ryan recently discovered that Iowa code requires the coordinator to be appointed by the County’s Emergency Management Commission. Based on

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New Land Trust Seeks to Preserve Farmland

The first-ever statewide non-profit organization to preserve farmland from urban sprawl is launching its operations. Suzan Erem, of West Branch, is president of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, or SILT. Erem says the new organization will be focused to protecting Iowa farmland to grow healthy food. “We’re going to be targeting land that’s surrounding our


Man Arrested after Causing Lockdown at Bernard Elementary

A man was arrested Friday morning after causing a lockdown at Bernard Elementary. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says a man entered the school and caused a disturbance, leading the school to lock down. Deputies responded around 9 am and found 39-year old Scott Menadue in the school cafeteria with school staff. Menadue was escorted

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